Federer tops Nadal for his 18th Slam title

    Roger Federer Australian Open
    Roger Federer celebrates his fifth Australian Open title. Getty

    MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and Rafael Nadal, the man he beat 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a vintage Australian Open final on Sunday night.

    It was the 35-year-old Federer's first major title since Wimbledon in 2012, his first in Australia since 2010, and it reversed the status quo against his nemesis, Nadal.

    Both players were returning from extended layoffs -- Federer for six months after Wimbledon with an injured left knee; Nadal for a couple of months with an injured left wrist -- and were seeded 17th and ninth respectively.

    "It's been a different last six months, I wasn't sure I was going to make it here but here I am -- we made it," Federer said after accepting the trophy from Australian great Rod Laver, who lends his name to the main stadium at Melbourne Park.

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    Serena claims 23rd major title in finals win against Venus

    Serena Williams 2017 Australian Open Winner
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    AP CBSNEWS

    Jan. 28, 2017

    MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug.

    The all-Williams final - the first at the Australian Open since Serena won the first edition of the family rivalry here in 2003 - went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday night.

    With her record seventh Australian title, the 35-year-old Williams moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era. Margaret Court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at Rod Laver Arena.

    Court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the Open era which began in 1968 after the sport became professional.

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    Venus, Vandeweghe have something to prove

    Venus Williams Breaks Record

     

    USA TODAY SPORTS

    January 24, 2017

     

    MELBOURNE — It’s not often that a sports superstar stays in the game long enough to receive accolades as the oldest to achieve a great milestone.

    At 36 years old, Venus Williams created that scenario for herself on a glorious Tuesday afternoon when she became the oldest women’s player to ever reach the Australian Open semifinals. Just for the record, if 35-year-old sister, Serena, also ventures into the semifinals on Wednesday, she will become the second oldest player to attain Australian Open semifinal status.

    The 13th-seeded Venus Williams moved on in grand style by scoring a 6-4, 7-6 (3) quarterfinal win over 24th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at Melbourne Park. If the fans were impressed, Williams was thrilled, flashing a smile as bright as the Australian summer sun that was shining down on her from above.

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